Symp 04-CARS 2014

International Symposium on Collaborative Analysis and Reasoning Systems

(CARS 2014)

Call for Papers and Participation

As part of

The 2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems

(CTS 2014)

May 19-23, 2014

The Commons Hotel

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP


Extended Submission Deadline: January 30, 2014

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters


Every successful organization which has to operate effectively in complex situations and environments is heavily reliant on collaborative sense making activities that are well-adapted to supporting decision making. These activities, in turn, entail distributed systems that combine heterogeneous human and automated resources, often provisioned on-demand for the duration of a mission or project. Examples span a wide variety of domains, e.g.: assessing the instability and conflict in war-torn country like Afghanistan, analyzing public health issues to develop and evaluate alternative bird flu contagion scenarios, or predicting a new technology’s market potential and the viability of a new start-up. There are identifiable commonalities in the analysis process across even these very different domains. Each entails:

1. Decomposition or elaboration of taskings;

2. Generating and scheduling multiple, inter-dependent subtasks and/or workflows;

3. Discovery or collection of relevant information;

4. Development of candidate hypotheses, scenarios, explanations or solutions;

5. Evaluation of products in light of evidence, often leading to iterative or recursive

information discovery or collection activities;

6. Forming a conclusion, explanation, or plan; and,

7. Communicating this to others.

The analysis process introduces new needs, requirements and difficulties related to collaboration. Hence, collaborative organizations and technologies face several challenges in the field of information analysis.

This Symposium on Collaborative Analysis and Reasoning Systems (CARS), to be held as part of the 2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2014), will focus on the collaboration issues applicable to intelligence analysis systems and tasks, with emphasis on these seven functions. As the tasks and sub-tasks are often inter-dependent and worked on by different and disparately located analysts and groups; how can information discovered, distilled, abstracted, transformed in one step be made available in forms that can potentially guide and influence the others steps?

The symposium will address issues related to the intelligence analysis infrastructure and services design, implementation and operation. It intends to address new collaboration challenges and present new ideas and solutions to the issues raised by the collaborative analysis domain. Ideas of interest include: (1) tools to speed and de-bias cognitive processing at individual and group levels of analysis; (2) tools to support collaboration, particularly through sharing or interchange of task representations, and, (3) integrated architectures which smoothly transition users between individual and collaborative work, both synchronous and asynchronous.

The aim is to have a dedicated forum that fosters closer interactions among researchers and users communities, providing an excellent opportunity for them to meet and discuss their ideas.

We invite original contributions from researchers in academia, research institutions and industry on these emerging and important areas of information technology. Selected papers will be solicited from the best papers of CARS 2014 sessions for submitting an extended version of their papers to a special issue in a leading international journal.

CARS Symposium topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

This symposium solicits contributions that address contemporary and future challenges in intelligence analysis infrastructure and services design, implementation and operation, particularly using collaboration systems, social networks, and information technologies.

• Fundamentals and Frameworks for Collaborative Intelligence Analysis Systems

• Fundamentals and Shared Representations to Support Collaboration on Intelligence Problems

• Tools to Support Decomposition of Tasks based on a Shared Understanding of the Problem

• Tools to Support Discovery and Selection of Information Relevant to the Problem.

• Tools to Identify Connections between Information Production and Need across the Tasks

• Tools to Generate Hypotheses, Scenarios, Explanations or Solutions

• Tools to Evaluate Solutions in the Light of other Tasks and Information Sources

• Tools to Develop Conclusions, Explanations or Plans based on Solution Evaluations

• Tools to Communicate Analysis Products highlighting Potential Issues and Key Assumptions

• Tools to Speed up and Debias Cognitive Analysis at Different Levels within a Collaboration

• Collaborative Analysis Models for Cloud Computing

• Collaborative Analysis Models for Multi Agent Systems

• Collaborative Analysis Models for Grid and Cluster Architectures

• Workflow Management Systems and Issues Related to Collaborative Analysis

• Collaborative Analysis Models for Mobile and Wireless Networks

• Collaborative Analysis Models for Coalition Networks

• Collaborative Analysis Models for Social Networks


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to the use of collaboration technologies and systems to support the intelligence analysis process. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters (please specify). Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words. The full manuscript should be at most 8 pages using the two-column IEEE format. Additional pages are allowed but will be charged additional fee. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and poster (please refer to for posters submission details) will also be accepted. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript of regular or short paper via the Symposium submission Web page at

Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, contribution, technical clarity, and presentation. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the Symposium.

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2014 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the Symposium, please contact the Symposium organizers.


Extended Paper Submission Deadline: ------------ January 30, 2014

Acceptance Notification: ---------------------------- February 17, 2014

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: ----- March 10, 2014

Conference Dates: ---------------------------------- May 19 - 23, 2014


Brian Drabble

Chief Technology Officer, DMM Ventures, Inc.

Eugene, OR, USA

Phone: +1 (541) 543-4216

Email: bdrabble1(at)gmail(dot)com

Peter Jarvis

Palo Alto Research Center

San Francisco, CA, USA

Phone: +1 (650) 812-4073

Email: peter.jarvis(at)gmail(dot)com

International Program Committee*:

All submitted papers will be reviewed by the Symposium technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2014.

  • Ewa Deelman, ISI, University of Southern California, California, USA

  • Dave Garren, Naval Postgraduate School, California, USA

  • Tim Grant, Professor emeritus, Netherlands Defense Academy, Netherlands

  • Dave Gunning, PARC, California, USA

  • James Scrofani, Center for Multi-INT Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, California, USA

  • Doyle Weishar, i_SW Corporation, Virginia, USA

(* Committee formation is pending and will be finalized shortly.)

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or contact one of the Conference's organizers or Co-Chairs.